M4 Junction 3 to 12 Upgrade to smart motorway – April 2019 news bulletin

 Dear all

Attached you will find the latest news bulletin from the M4 Junction 3 to 12 smart motorway team. We have also released a video to explain the next phase of the project, available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/QQPPjoLffdg

We would also like to introduce our new engagement website, hosted by Commonplace: https://m4j3to12smartmotorway.commonplace.is/

Commonplace is an interactive web-based platform for engagement with communities, and we will be using this to invite residents and road users to give their views on our delivery of the project. It also has a news page which will be regularly updated by the team throughout the project. We hope you will find this useful.

If you have any questions or comments and would like a response please continue to email us at M4J3to12SmartMotorways@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

Kind regards

Tracey Meakin, Smart Motorways – Project Support
Highways England | 2 Colmore Square | Birmingham | B4 6BN
Tel: 0300 123 5000 (Customer Contact Centre)

e-mail: M4J3to12SmartMotorways@highwaysengland.co.uk

Food Waste Collcetions start 01.04.2019

Wokingham Borough residents will be joining the fight to improve our carbon footprint as food waste collections start next week, April 1.

Each household will have a lockable 23-litre kerbside food waste container to prevent animals getting to the waste, along with a smaller kitchen caddy and a roll of caddy liners.
Food waste will be collected on a weekly basis at the same time as existing blue bag and black box collections, which will not change. A brand new fleet of waste collection vehicles will be supporting this new self-sufficient service – allowing residual, mixed recycling and food waste to be collected in the same vehicle.

The food waste will be sent to an anaerobic digestion plant, which captures the methane created by the waste to produce energy and fertiliser. Almost all forms of food waste can be collected including cooking oil, which should be stored in a sealed plastic bottle inside the locked kerbside container. The food waste bags will be removed prior to the anaerobic digestion process and sent to an energy recovery facilities where they will be incinerated to generate energy.

Sarah Hollamby, director of locality and customer services said “Methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, is produced by decomposing food waste. By introducing a food waste collection service we are able to capture this methane and turn it into energy – while also preventing it from entering the atmosphere.

“Residents should have received their containers and liners by April 1 to partake in the service. If you haven’t by this time, you can collect from a number outlets across the borough next week.”
For more information on where you can collect caddies from go to www.wokingham.gov.uk (search ‘food waste collections’).

Advance Warning: Road Closure, Hyde End Lane 03.04.19-12.04.19

LOCATION: Hyde End Lane, Spencers Wood
DESCRIPTION: Water Connection
CLOSURE DATES: 3/4/19-12/4/19

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please be aware that Wokingham Borough Council as Traffic Authority proposes to make an Order under Section 14 (1) (a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which is prohibit any vehicle from proceeding along:

1. Hyde End Lane, Spencers Wood between its junctions with Croft Road and Ryeish Lane.

The alternative route for all vehicles affected by this restriction shall be via Church Lane, Basingstoke Road, B3349 Hyde End Road and Croft Road or by this route in reverse

Works requiring this restriction are anticipated to take place between 3rd April and 12th April 2019

The reason for these prohibitions is allow Thames Water contractors to undertake new connection work in safety.

Access for residents and businesses within the boundaries of these restrictions will be maintained at all times.

The restriction imposed by the Order shall only apply during those periods when traffic signs complying with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 are lawfully displayed.

The dates of these restrictions may be subject to change.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these restrictions may cause.


Street Works Team
Highways and Transport Team
Wokingham Borough Council
Tel: 0118 974 6000

Your Parish Precept for 2019-2020

The parish council has approved an increase to the parish precept of less than 20p per week, this brings the total precept to around £100 per annum for most homes. Our last increase was in 2016 and was a similar amount at that time. Despite the new homes coming on board and contributing to the overall amount we collect, it takes a year or more before the parish receives any money from these homes.

Over the last three years costs have risen, we have taken on extra services that are no longer provided by WBC and we have to increase our staffing and facilities to provide for all the additional residents before fully gaining their contributions. Hopefully you will agree that 20p per week is a small price to pay and that you will see many improvements during the coming year.

Of course we will be using our reserves and Community Infrastructure income to undertake some major projects over the coming years and you can hear details of our plans at the Annual Council meeting on 18 April at Shinfield Parish Hall at 7.30pm I look forward to meeting you there

Peter Hughes
Chair Shinfield Parish Council

Vacancy Senior Youth Worker

Do you have the experience, passion and commitment to work with young people? 

Could you lead a team to make a difference? 

Shinfield Parish Council has a vacancy for an experienced Senior Youth Support Worker who is able to lead a team and continue to support the local community in providing a fun, dynamic and safe environment for young people aged 8 – 15 yrs old. You will be able to manage a team offering young people support and encouragement as they develop personally, socially and educationally particularly taking into account those who are vulnerable. To help develop, undertake and maintain a planned programme of non-formal learning and social education youth work opportunities. You must be able to promote and safeguard those young people who access the youth service. The role is for two youth sessions per week. Deadline 01st March 19

 Any further enquiries please contact joanna.haskins@shinfieldparish.gov.uk